Ecclesiastes 7:3 – Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
I was speaking with a co-worker last week, light conversation about this and that. He was telling me how he had eaten some popcorn the week before and had one of those pesky kernel husks lodged between his back tooth and gum. Everyday that passed the pain seemed to get worse. This went on the better part of a week and then finally it came loose. I was amazed by his next statement, he said “it was like I was born again”. I know he was just joking but it’s no mistake how his experience with his tooth mirrors the life of those who are saved.
When we live our lives apart from God and His word, all the little things seem to agitate us, something as small as a rude driver can throw us into a tirade. When we are close to God, the peace that he instills in us allows us to walk through the small storms with barely a wince. If we continue to live apart from God our lives fester like my friends gums did. For those who have a full life of this, we see the relief on their faces when they surrender to God’s will. What a blessing!
This can also be true with believers who continually sin. When we finally surrender and repent, the proverbial weight of the world is lifted from our shoulders.
Psalms 119:71 – It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
Do you know of a situation like this? feel free to share it below . . . . Faith & Blessings!